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How to Assess Translators’ Quality Before Assigning a Project


I am tired of poor test translations that do not lead to any collaboration between our company and freelancers. Considering a candidate, sending a test translation, reviewing the translation, processing an invoice all drain time. Is there a better way? In this article, I suggest using larger samples of previous translations as an alternative to […]

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Marketing Translations in a Way That Doesn’t Work for Everybody


Imagine that you are a translation buyer looking for a translator. After you find a candidate, you ask them to provide samples of their previous work for other clients as you want to make sure this candidate meets your expectations. But the candidate refuses to provide samples since everything they translated is subject to confidentiality […]

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Don’t Lose Money. Part 1

I am always looking for analogies that we can use to explain to our existing or potential clients when and why translation quality is of paramount importance. One of such analogies I’ve recently thought of is investments. A major thing that buying translation and investing have in common is a huge risk of losing money. […]

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Opinion on Test Translations. Part 1


This post begins a series of articles about sample translations. I’m going to distinguish between two sample types: samples for specific companies and samples for translation agencies. In this post, I want to explain why sample translations for specific companies may be essential for ensuring high translation quality. What is a Test Translation for a […]

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How We Cooperated with a Russian Translation Company

In this post, I’d like to share our recent experience of cooperating with a major Russian translation services company. After receiving a cooperation request from this company in summer of 2008, I told them our translation rates started at $0.08. I wanted to make sure they realized our rates were quite high and could continue […]

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